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William Shakespeare Quotes

(1564-1616), British Poet, Playwright, Actor

As he was valiant, I honor him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him.

Category: Ambition

The very substance of the ambitious is merely the shadow of a dream.

Category: Ambition

Your tale, sir, would cure deafness.

Category: Anecdotes

Some men there are love not a gaping pig, some that are mad if they behold a cat, and others when the bagpipe sings I the nose cannot contain their urine.

Category: Antipathy

Thou art all ice. Thy kindness freezes.

Category: Antipathy

Let never day nor night unhallowed pass, but still remember what the Lord hath done.

Category: Appreciation

I will name you the degrees. The first, the Retort Courteous; the second, the Quip Modest; the third, the Reply Churlish; the fourth, the Reproof Valiant; the fifth, the Countercheck Quarrelsome; the sixth, the Lie with Circumstance; the seventh, the Lie Direct.

Category: Argument

In a false quarrel there is no true valor.

Category: Argument

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.

Category: Argument

'Tis the soldier's life to have their balmy slumbers waked with strife.

Category: Army And Navy

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother; be never so vile. This day shall gentle his condition. And gentlemen in England now abed shall think themselves accursed they were not here, and hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks that fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.

Category: Army And Navy

O, had I but followed the arts!

Category: Arts And Artists

The object of art is to give life a shape. [Midsummer Nights Dream]

Category: Arts And Artists

This is the excellent foppery of the world: that when we are sick in fortune -- often the surfeits of our own behavior -- we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and stars, as if we were villains on necessity, fools by heavenly compulsion, knaves, thieves, and treachers by spherical predominance, drunkards, liars, and adulterers by an enforced obedience of planetary influence. An admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition on the charge of a star!

Category: Astrology

These earthly godfathers of Heaven's lights, that give a name to every fixed star, have no more profit of their shining nights than those that walk and know not what they are.

Category: Astronomy